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Office Building Design

No longer marked by gray, uniform rows of cubicles, offices have become more personalized and employee-centric than ever, giving people a more comfortable place to spend their working hours. New approaches to office customization and the way employees interact are breathing new life into the workplace.

Rendering courtesy of SOM

February 07, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Over 1,000 employees will work in the HQ building when completed.

 Completed in May 2016, the 131,000-sf headquarters for the law firm Stoel Rives is located on the top nine floors of the Park Avenue West tower in Portland, Ore. While its conference rooms are enclosed for privacy, natural light reaches the interior spaces through the use of clear glass relights in the solid wood doors. All offices are enclosed in glass to allow natural light into the center of the plan as well as to create a more transparent, collaborative environment. Some glass doors and panels are trimmed with timber framing to match the room’s interior materials and design (pictured). The Building Team included ZGF Architects (architect, interior design), KPFF Consulting Engineers (SE), Interface Engineering (MEP), Alternatt Associates (acoustics), and Lease Crutcher Lewis (GC). Photo: Nick Merick.

February 06, 2017 | John Caufield, Senior Editor

The hottest material in workplace design—interior glass—opens offices to light and collaboration....

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©James Steinkamp Photography

February 03, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The top bar is 500 feet long, spans 180 feet between the bottom two bars, and cantilevers out 60...

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February 02, 2017 | Hakee Chang, Denise Darrin, and Lisa Weeks

An authentic culture cannot be forced, but can be encouraged and supported.

CBRE Masonic Temple in Glendale, California. Image © Gensler/Ryan Gobuty.

December 14, 2016 | Kevin Rosenstein

More, and more, companies are emphasizing the importance of creating a meaningful sense of place...

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Rendering courtesy of CetraRuddy

December 13, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The office, designed by CetraRuddy, will be completed in 2017.

December 06, 2016 | Julie Fuex and Larry Lander

Differentiated from mock-ups or beta sites, workplace pilots are small scale built work environme...

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Photo courtesy of ESI Design

December 06, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The campus’s new ‘front door’ is designed to immerse visitors and employees into the company’s gl...

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Photo: Shawn Collins, flickr Creative Commons

November 16, 2016 | BIG

The headquarters will be located at Kings Cross, London.

Rendering courtesy of Under Armour

November 15, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The campus will be located in Baltimore’s $5.5 billion Port Covington redevelopment project.

The Washington Post's nerve center. Image © Garrett Rowland.

November 14, 2016 | Sumita Arora, Co-Leader of Gensler’s Global Media Practice

The converged environment is a live-streaming workplace, a zone where news and content f...

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Rendering courtesy of Kohn Pederson Fox

November 03, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Murphy Development Group is looking for tenants for the $800 million project.

Photo Credit: Rasmus Hjortshoej courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

November 02, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building also marks the first BIG project in Philadelphia.

October 26, 2016 | Karen Thomas, CID / LEED AP BD+C

With a continued focus on providing more with less, companies across all industries are continual...

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Photo: Hufton & Crow via Zaha Hadid Architects

October 26, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The office is located in Moscow’s southern district.

Rendering courtesy of BIG

October 05, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 65-story tower will be primarily office space and has an estimated development cost of $3.2 b...

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Image © Gensler

September 30, 2016 | Lena Kitson + Kimberly Foster

No matter how lavish the amenities, they’ll prove ineffective in making any kind of positive impa...

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The OH-1 redevelopment project in Tokyo, one of that metro's biggest projects, is designed to recall the past and look forward to the future. Image: courtesy SOM / © Methanoia

September 23, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Mitsui Fudosan and SOM join forces to create OH-1, a mixed-use complex with a prominent public sq...

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Rendering courtesy of Foster + Partners

September 22, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The glass building provides the illusion of floating above a stone plinth.

Sterling Bay's proposal for a 958-foot-tall office tower is among an array of development and redevelopment projects it has in the works in Chicago. Image: SOM via

September 20, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The building is one of several projects that are filling this developer’s plate in this city.


Image courtesy of Aedas

September 08, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The 18-story building is designed to resemble a moss-covered river pebble in Taipei’s Nangang Dis...

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Photo Courtesy of ESI Design

September 02, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The crown jewel of a three-year makeover project, the LED columns bring the building’s lobby to l...

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Pixabay Public Domain

September 01, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

A study found temperatures in the low 70s reduce worker performance.

As part of the design for its corporate headquarters, SRAM, a bike parts maker in Chicago, held a contest for employees to design bike racks for their workstations. Perkins+Will was designer on this project. Photo: Michelle Litvin Studio courtesy of Perkins+Will.

August 12, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Technology is redefining how offices function and is particularly salient in the growing trend of...

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A pair of designers in DCI Artform’s satellite office in Chicago utilize the firm’s “digital cave” to create a virtual product display for a client. CannonDesign provided architectural, MEP, and A/V services for this project. JC Anderson was the GC. Mechdyne Corp. provided the cave’s video screens.Photo: Christopher Barrett Photography courtesy of CannonDesign.

August 12, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Jacobs, AECOM, and Thornton Tomasetti top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the na...

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Lenovo Campus Global Headquarters, Beijing, China. Lenovo Co. Ltd. (owner), CallisonRTKL (architect). Photo courtesy of CallisionRTKL.

August 12, 2016 |

Turner Construction Co., Structure Tone, and Gilbane Building Co. top Building Design+Constructio...

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Lenovo Campus Global Headquarters, Beijing, China. Lenovo Co. Ltd. (owner), CallisonRTKL (architect). Photo courtesy of CallisionRTKL.

August 12, 2016 | BD+C Staff

Gensler, HOK, and Perkins+Will top Building Design+Construction’s annual ranking of the nation’s...

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July 29, 2016 | Christine Mikhail

Organizations that purposefully craft and develop their culture experience a 14% turnover rate, w...

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A growing number of Americans are opting out of office work. Employers can make the office environment more appealing—and in the process foment innovation—through better workspace design and by allowing greater latitude in where work takes place, according to a new survey conducted by Gensler. Image: Pixabay

July 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A poll of 4,000-plus U.S. workers finds the most innovative among them spend less time at the off...

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CF Møller designs LEGO world headquarters complex in Denmark

A four-story atrium sits at the center of the proposed LEGO world headquarters building. Renderings courtesy CF Møller. Click here to enlarge.

July 12, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 52,000-sm complex will incorporate many familiar motifs from the popular plastic building blo...

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